Summer 2017 Irish Releases and Transfers
The current UK transfer window officially commenced on Monday the 3rd July 2017 and is set to conclude at 11pm on Thursday the 31st August 2017. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the current transfer list is the £5 million transfer of Darren Randolph from West Ham United to Middlesbrough followed by the £3 million move of Jonathan Walters from Stoke City to Burnley. Glenn Whelan has moved to Aston Villa from Stoke City for a fee reported to be £1 million. Aiden McGeady has joined Sunderland from Everton where he links up again with new manager Simon Grayson, for whom he had a successful loan period at Preston North End last season while Cyrus Christie has joined Middlesbrough from Derby County for an undisclosed fee. Daryl Murphy has joined Nottingham Forest from Newcastle United for a fee reported to be £2 million. An interesting fact is the signing of five Irish players, Stephen Dawson, Joe Murphy, Eoghan O'Connell, Jay O'Shea and Callum Reilly by League One side Bury, who are managed by Lee Clark. League Two side Cambridge United also seem to fancy a bit of Irish with new signings Gary Deegan, David Forde and Emmanuel Osadebe joining Jake Carroll and Gerry McDonagh at the Abbey Stadium.
Airtricity League action this Friday evening...28/07/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division continues this Friday evening with runaway leaders Cork City playing host to Galway United in Turner's Cross.This will be the 'Leesiders' first contest following the departure of Sean Maguire and Kevin O'Connor to Preston North End while their visitors are the only side to have impinged their league record with that one all draw in Eamonn Deacy Park back in May. Bray Wanderers welcome Finn Harps to the Carlisle Grounds while Drogheda United entertain St Patrick's Athletic in United Park. Old Dublin rivals Shamrock Rovers and Bohemian are set for battle in Tallaght Stadium at 8pm.
Irish in Thursday evening Europa League action...27/07/2017
The third round first leg contests in the UEFA Europa League commenced this Thursday evening. With our three domestic representatives already eliminated, attention turned to Irish players involved this evening. Aberdeen included Anthony O'Connor in their starting eleven with Danny Rogers on the bench as they secured a two one lead over Cypriot side Apollon Limassol at Pittrodie. Interest will surround the future of Everton midfielder James McCarthy,who was not included in the squad which earned a one nil victory over MFK Ruzomberok of Slovakia in Goodison Park.
Airtricity League continues on Monday evening...24/07/2017
Finn Park hosted the North West derby meeting of Finn Harps and Derry City in the Airtricity League Premier Division this Monday evening. The hosts remain embroiled in the relegation dogfight as their visitors scored two very late goals to secure the points and return to third position.
More Airtricity League action on Sunday afternoon...23/07/2017
Following their midweek European disappointments, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers faced each other in Oriel Park at 5pm on Sunday afternoon in the Airtricity League Premier Division. A Gary Shaw goal after just five minutes secured the points for the visiting 'Hoops' and moved them into third place on the league table.
Airtricity League action on Saturday evening...22/07/2017
The battle to avoid relegation from the Airtricity League Premier Division continued in the Markets Field on Saturday evening when Limerick played out a scoreless draw with visitors Sligo Rovers.
Airtricity League action this Friday evening...21/07/2017
With Cork City, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers in European action this week, there were just three Airtricity League Premier Division contests played this Friday evening. Bohemian went down to a one nil defeat by Derry City in Dalymount Park while Galway United defeated bottom side Drogheda United by four goals to one in Eamonn Deacy Park. In the third fixture St Patrick's Athletic secured a three one success over Bray Wanderers in Inchicore. In the First Division, Waterford went nine points clear at the summit with four second half goals to crush nearest rivals Cobh Ramblers in the RSC.
FAI Cup first round draw made this morning...21/07/2017
The draw for the first round of the 2017 FAI Ford Cup was made in Kilkenny this morning. Highligt of the draw is the meeting of Airtricity League third place Bray Wanderers and current league leaders Cork City, the holders of the cup. Dundalk have been drawn at home to Derry City while Finn Harps host Bohemian in other Premier Division pairings.
Irish Clubs in Thursday evening Europa League action...20/07/2017
Following their second round first leg home reversals last week, our 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League representatives Cork City and Shamrock Rovers were both in second leg away action this Thursday evening. Cork City suffered another one nil defeat against AEK Larnaca in Cyprus and depart the competition on a two nil aggregate while Shamrock Rovers went down to a two nil defeat by Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic to exit the competition on a five two aggregate scoreline.
Dundalk face Rosenborg in Champions League 2nd leg...19/07/2017
Airtricity League champions Dundalk went down to a two one extra-time defeat by Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK in the second leg of the second qualifying round in the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League in Trondheim this Wednesday evening. The first leg ended in a one all draw in Oriel Park last week and the 'Lilywhites' took a twelfth minute lead this evening through Brian Gartland but the hosts equalised just before the half-time break. The crucial winning goal came eight minutes into extra-time.
Airtricity League continues on Sunday afternoon...16/07/2017
The Airtricity League Premier Division focus returned to the top of the table on Sunday afternoon when runaway leaders Cork City journied to the Carlisle Grounds to face third place Bray Wanderers. A two nil victory, with goals from the departing Sean Maguire and Jimmy Keohane, sent the 'Rebels' fifteen points clear of Dundalk at the summit.
More Airtricity League action on Saturday evening...15/07/2017
The battle to avoid relegation from the Airtricity League Premier Division continued in the Showgrounds on Saturday evening when Sligo Rovers played host to Drogheda United. The contest ended in a one all draw leaving both sides still enbroiled in the relegation dogfight.
Airtricity League action this Friday evening...14/07/2017
With Cork City, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers involved in European competitions, there were just two Airtricity League Premier Division contests played this Friday evening. St Patrick's Athletic came from behind to defeat visitors Derry City by two goals to one while Finn Harps also came from behind to secure a two one success against visitors Bohemian in Finn Park.
Irish Clubs in Thursday evening Europa League action...13/07/2017
Following their first round successes, our 2017/2018 UEFA Europa League representatives Cork City and Shamrock Rovers, were in action in the first legs of the second round on Thursday evening. Cork City went down to a one nil defeat by AEK Larnaca of Cyprus in Turners Cross while Shamrock Rovers suffered a three two defeat by Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Republic in Tallaght Stadium. Both clubs now face a daunting challenge in next week's away second legs.
Dundalk take on Rosenborg BK in Champions League...12/06/2017
Airtricity League champions Dundalk played out a one all draw with Norwegian champions Rosenborg BK in Oriel Park on Wednesday evening in the first leg of the second qualifying round in the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League. David McMillan put the hosts in front on eighteen minutes but the visitors equalised just a minute before the half-time break.The second leg is set for Wednesday the 19 July 2017 in Trondheim.
Ireland lose to Croatia in UEFA Regions Cup Final...09/07/2017
Our Republic of Ireland Amateur International team went down to a one nil defeat in the final of the 2017 UEFA Regions Cup where they faced Croatia on Sunday afternoon at the TFF Riva Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.
Airtricity League action on Sunday afternoon...09/07/2017
There were two Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures played on Sunday afternoon. Runaway leaders Cork City scored the only goal through a Sean Maguire penalty to defeat St Patrick's Athletic in Turner's Cross while Derry City crushed Sligo Rovers by four goals to nil in Maginn Park.